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- Friday, 7th December 2018 -
PeakCare is celebrating the launch of the Hope and Healing e-learning program with the release of two important videos:

Minister Di Farmer launches Hope and Healing e-learning program
In this video, the Honourable Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence announces that enrolments in the Hope and Healing e-learning modules are now open. Along with encouraging all residential care providers to make sure that they facilitate access by their staff to the modules, Minister Farmer notes that the introduction of new Minimum Qualifications Standards and the Hope and Healing modules provides recognition of the “really critical and demanding role that resi care workers play in making sure that the children and young people who come into our care have the best possible opportunity for hope and confidence in their futures”.

PeakCare sincerely thanks the many team leaders who were nominated by their organisations to work with us in managing the enrolment of residential care workers across the State. Your enthusiastic and collaborative efforts have been very much appreciated.  

The voice of residential care workers
As the transition to new Minimum Qualifications Standards proceed, who can be better placed than Queensland residential care workers to comment on what the attainment of a qualification and the new standards mean to them?

Watch this video and listen to the well-considered commentary by Will, Carmen, Marianne and Bianca. Their dedication to their profession and the children and young people in their care is apparent for all to see.  PeakCare sincerely thanks these fine spokespersons for making the time available to be filmed and their respective employers - Anglicare SQ, Safe Places for Children and UnitingCare Queensland.

You are also invited to watch this third video taken from the Hope and Healing Introductory Module in which PeakCare’s Executive Director, Lindsay Wegener, welcomes newly enrolled students and thanks a long list of organisations and individuals who have made invaluable contributions to the development of the training program.  Once again, a big thank you is extended to you all.

Hope and Healing podcasts released

Developed in conjunction with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, Encompass Family and Community and PeakCare, Pracademics have released the first two podcast episodes in the 11-part series exploring the Hope and Healing Framework, featuring the voices of young people, staff and experts with residential care experience. Episode 1 considers how to make young people feel physically, emotionally and culturally safe while living in care. Episode 2 is about meeting young people's need for nurturing care. View the flyer for more details on where to download the podcasts, or listen online nowFor updates on the Framework, follow Hope and Healing on social media - Instagram: @hope_and_healing_qld; Twitter: @HopeQld; Facebook and LinkedIn: Search “Hope and Healing QLD”.

Mental health strategic plan launched for Queensland

The Queensland government's five-year strategic directive for reforming the state's mental health and alcohol and drug systems has been launched. The plan proposes strategic priorities across three key focus areas targeting individual, population and whole-of-system outcomes. View the plan.

Volunteers - the unsung heroes

Wednesday, 5th December was International Volunteer Day, dedicated to recognising over one billion volunteers globally (714,138 in Queensland) and the extraordinary - often unseen - contributions they make to supporting and maintaining the wellbeing of their local communities. This year’s theme was ‘Volunteers Build Resilient Communities’, which is especially pertinent in the context of natural disasters many Queensland communities are currently facing. PeakCare also acknowledges and thanks all the volunteers that contribute to the ongoing work of our sector. The UN Volunteers programme released the 2018 State of the World's Volunteerism Report which explores how volunteers contribute to community resilience globally. Volunteering Queensland has opened nominations for the 2019 Queensland Volunteering Awards, recognising contributions across six categories: Volunteer of the Year Award, Youth Volunteering Award, Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering Award, Excellence in Volunteer Management Award, Volunteering Impact Award, and Corporate Volunteering Award. If you have a group, individual or organisation in mind, nominate now.

New research into fathers who use domestic and family violence

ANROWS has released Australia-first research into perpetrator interventions, providing an evidence base for intervening with fathers who use domestic and family violence (DFV), in order to provide more effective and safe support for women and children experiencing DFV. The project was informed by the Safe & Together Model, with findings structured around four themes: key skills identified for working with fathers who use violence and control; key factors identified in partnering with women; key skills in ensuring a focus on children and young people; and the role of organisations and practitioner capacity building. The Practice Guide developed from the findings offers new insights for practitioners into what works and the role of organisations in facilitating more responsive and effective practice with fathers who use violence.

NCAS findings released

ANROWS has released findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS). The NCAS is the world's longest running survey on this topic, and provides valuable insight into how people understand violence against women, their attitudes towards it, what influences their attitudes, and if there has been a change over time. It also gauges attitudes to gender equality and people’s preparedness to intervene when witnessing violence or its precursors. Overall, the findings show a positive trend in understandings of and attitudes about violence against women and gender equality. Despite this, many Australians also believe some common myths. Over forty per cent of respondents report believing it is common for sexual assault accusations to be used as a way of “getting back at men” and a third of people believe women are partly responsible if their partner shares intimate photos without their permission. Download a summary of the findings or visit the website for more.

Not-for-profit salary research

The Pro Bono Salary Survey is the largest report of its kind and is an established benchmark of remuneration trends exclusively in the not-for-profit sector. Not-for-profit employees are encouraged to participate in the 7-minute survey on renumeration to continue the research this year. The 2018 Salary Survey report provided over 1,200 statistically valid data sets for benchmarking data for more than 21 roles in the social sector and renumeration comparison across categories. Findings revealed that only 58% of leaders responding thought their pay was reasonable compared to other similar organisations, 82% felt their work is demanding and 46% say they often experience negative work-related stress. The report was accompanied by a free webinar that used the findings to identify five ways to engage staff and reduce turnover.

NDIA ILC grant applications open

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released its next round of Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grants. Applications are invited from Disabled Peoples and Families Organisations (DPFO), user-led organisations that: actively demonstrate their commitment to the Social Model of disability, which seeks to remove barriers for people with disability so they can access mainstream services and live an ordinary life; are run/led by and for people with disability and/or their families; and have a minimum 50 per cent of their board, staff, volunteers or members represented by people with a disability and/or their families. For more details, view the application guidelines. Applications close 2pm Friday, 21st December.

SPEAKing OUT - What does advocacy means for PeakCare?

PeakCare’s SPEAK OUT: Improving Outcomes through Advocacy Forum on Wednesday, 21st November 2018, began with Bob Atkinson AO APM sharing his experiences of the important roles he’s undertaken in advocacy. Read more on Bob Atkinson's address in last week's In the Spotlight. The experiences and observations outlined by Bob Atkinson were followed by PeakCare’s Executive Director, Lindsay Wegener, who spoke to PeakCare’s commitment to advocacy and the important conversations to follow during the course of the symposium. Read more.

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.

Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Brisbane - Friday, 15th February 2019
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

The 2019 AASW Queensland Branch Forum has been designed to sharpen social worker’s practice toolkits through high quality practice and skill-based workshops. The Forum program has been designed to maximise opportunities for varied and practice based workshop sessions by bringing together 80 social workers with engaging workshops across the Forum's three streams. In the Children & Young People stream, workshops include "Finding a Voice for Self-placing Young People through the Therapeutic Alliance" with trainers Tamara McGuigan and Jori Etuale; "Young People and Drugs: Practice Strategies and Interventions" with trainer Jade Phillips; and "‘It’s not just sitting still’; Mindfulness practices with children" with trainer: Stephanie Jordan. In the Families stream, workshops include "A New Storyline for Supervision" with trainer Candice Butler; "Connecting Assessment with Case Planning" with trainer Caterina Schulz; and "Working with a disclosure of violence" with trainer Dr Deborah Walsh. The Health & Wellbeing stream workshops include "What in the world is Bush Adventure Therapy? How to integrate into social work practice?" with trainer Amanda Smith; "An introduction to compassionate listening through Peer Supported Open Dialogue" with trainers Cherie McGregor, Jennifer Mulvogue, Colleen Ryan, Amanda Waegeli, Helena Roennfeldt, Paloma Cesare. 7 Hours CPD apply for full-day attendance. Early bird prices currently available. Find out more and register.

Nonprofit leadership at its best: are you hitting the mark?
Webinar - Tuesday, 11th December

What's your plan for advancing your organisation's mission in 2019 and beyond? How will you know where to focus your efforts, and what strategies will you put in place? And more importantly, how will you know if you've been successful? This webinar hosted by QUT Business School will get you motivated and equipped to really hit the mark in the New Year! Designed for nonprofit leaders, fundraisers and board members, you will learn: about the common problems and challenges for nonprofit organisations; strategies to make your organisation sustainable and effective; how to determine how 'healthy' your organisation is; what managers and leaders should be spending their time on; and how YOU can fortify your credentials in the sector. Find out more and register.

Engaging children as partners in practice to support their mental health and wellbeing
Webinar - Wednesday, 12th December

This free webinar co-produced by Child Family Community Australia and Emerging Minds will discuss practices that can contribute to practitioners creating genuine partnerships with children and their families. For practitioners, issues in adopting this practice can include: confidence in engaging children in developmentally appropriate ways; agency structural and workflow issues that inadvertently limit flexibility and creativity; the expectations of parents and carers on the type of intervention required; and finding ways of working collaboratively that minimise power imbalances between adults and children. Find out more and register.

Blue Card Services information session
Brisbane - Wednesday, 12th December

This free session by Blue Card Services will be an overview of employer/business operator obligations and will provide an opportunity to clarify any issues regarding the blue card application or assessment process. Enquiries about the session can contact 07 3211 6749. Find out more and register.

Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients
Brisbane - Friday, 14th December

This one-day interactive professional development training by the Blue Knot Foundation provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work in counselling and/or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma. This training provides essential knowledge, insights and tools to enhance clinical practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who present challenges around to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. Find out more and register.

Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May 2019

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020.

Visit the Events page on our website for other opportunities in the sector. You can also email your professional development opportunities so that we may promote them through future editions of eNews.

Registered Nurse, Street to Home (after hours) - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is currently recruiting two Registered Nurses to join our existing team to work after hours within a community based outreach program as part of the Street to Home team. One position will be fixed-term part time with the other a casual position covering leave as needed. The roles will work as part of the multidisciplinary Street to Home team in an outreach capacity to provide direct nursing care and care co-ordination, and to create pathways to overcome barriers to healthcare for people with complex health and social issues across Brisbane. The position will be contracted to 30th June 2019 with the hope of extension of funding. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 12th December.

Children and Young People's Domestic Violence Specialist Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects has is currently seeking a Children and Young People’s Domestic Violence Specialist Worker to join BDVS. The objective of this position is to support children impacted by domestic and family violence, to live free from violence and to assist with the emotional and practical needs and issues arising from their experience. This is a full time position, with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week and is classified as a Level 4 under the SCHADS Award. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 24th December.

Support and Advocacy Worker (casual pool) - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is currently seeking Support and Advocacy Workers to join the casual pool. These positions will provide casual relief across several different Micah Projects programs, including: Resident Support Program, Homefront, Street to Home, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Coordinated Access Team and Supportive Housing Hope Street. Hours of work for these positions can vary across programs involving weekday, weekend, and night time work across different rosters. Availability across 24 hours/7 days a week is desirable. These positions are casual and are classified under the SCHADS Award 2010 – Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 31st December.

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